New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand: Demonstrations

Large scale political demonstrations continue throughout Thailand, with the majority occurring in Bangkok. There have been violent incidents involving explosive devices and firearms in the vicinity of protest activities in Bangkok, resulting in injuries and deaths. Further attacks could occur both day and night.

Focal points for protest activity in Bangkok include the Democracy Monument, outside main government buildings and at key intersections in central Bangkok, including shopping districts. These protest sites have completely blocked these intersections and access to expressways.  Long delays and extensive detours to road travel should be expected. Train services (BTS/MRT) are in heavy demand adding to delays. Demonstrations have also occurred at government facilities in provinces outside Bangkok, including Phuket town.

New Zealanders in Thailand are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to quickly turn violent.  We recommend monitoring events through local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities. On 21 January 2014, the Thai Government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and some areas of surrounding provinces. This gives the Government additional abilities to manage security, including imposing curfews, bans on assembly, and restricting access to some areas.  Currently no specific measures have been put in place.

If travelling to the airport, you should ensure you allow plenty of time to account for possible transport delays and alternative routes.

New Zealanders in Thailand are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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